Questions to Bear in Mind Whilst Seeking Treatment

The outcome of addiction recovery treatment depends on a number of variables. Chief among them are the efficacy of the communication between the client and the treatment providers, the intensity and duration of the addiction, the substance of choice, accuracy of diagnosis, and the opportunity to take part in ongoing aftercare programs to ensure you maintain your recovery goals. When you’re considering a substance abuse treatment center, be sure and consider these important inquiries.

Questions to Ask

1) Does the program feature addiction recovery treatments that are based on scientific evidence?

The most effective treatments for overcoming addiction to drugs or alcohol often involve a combination of behavioral therapy and medication. Treatment is modified to suit each client’s addiction history. During treatment, our staff will work with each client to formulate recovery goals. These goals might include the incorporation of healthy coping mechanisms, taking part in a positive and rewarding activity, or an analysis of the client’s willingness to change. The nature of behavioral therapy will vary based on the needs of the individual client. Common behavioral therapies include individual therapy sessions, in which the client will meet with a counselor on a one-on-one basis, or group therapy sessions, where you will gather with your peers in the program and may even begin to form the foundation of a sober support network that will last long after you’ve graduated from our addiction recovery plan.

2) Is the program customizable in order to fit the individual client’s needs and situation?

Addiction treatment plans are most effective when they aren’t one-size-fits-all, but instead take into account an individual’s unique needs a respond accordingly. The most effective treatments will provide a variety of therapeutic strategies and additional services aimed at providing the client with the tools they need to attain and maintain recovery, even after they have graduated from our addiction recovery program. Providing specific solutions to our client’s particular problems, we find that tailoring treatment to the individual’s needs provides the best advantage possible. In addition to these considerations, it is vital to find a program that considered a client’s potential mental health concerns, as well. Through dual diagnosis treatment, we are able to afford applicable clients not only with treatment for their addiction, but treatment for any co-occurring mental health disorder they may be struggling with, as well.

4) Does the program last an appropriate amount of time?
Much of the efficacy of an addiction recovery program depends on the duration of the treatment. In order to determine the appropriate length for treatment, a number of elements must be taken into account, including the client’s substance of choice, history of abuse, and the severity of the addiction. While other lengths may prove effective, research has demonstrated that the best chance of successfully reaching recovery comes from a 90 day program. Furthermore, the most effective programs will also provide their clients with aftercare programs designed to provide guidance after graduation. Addiction is a chronic illness, which means even once it has been forced into remission, there is the possibility it could occur again. For this reason, an addiction recovery program that continues to provide support in the long run can prove invaluable.

5) Are 12-step programs included in the treatment schedule?

Many addiction recovery programs incorporate or encourage attendance at a 12-step program. The most well renowned 12-step programs include Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but there are a variety of similar programs that have adopted or modified the 12-step model. The environment of peer support provides the opportunity to learn more about others, addiction, and yourself, allowing members to maintain sobriety by relying on one another. During your time in our drug rehab center, and after you’ve graduated, 12-step programs will likely form an integral part of your addiction recovery.